LONDON (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe said yesterday that his sport faces a “long way back” before it can restore trust and credibility amid the “dark days” of the bribery, extortion and doping cover-up allegations that are shaking track and field. In an interview with The Associated Press, Coe also discounted though didn’t rule out completely the possibility of banning Russia from international competition because of its record on doping. “I’m never saying never, but my instinct is that these things are better changed through engagement not isolation,” he said. Coe spoke a day before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) releases the findings of its independent investigation into allegations of widespread and systematic doping in Russia. The WADA report will add to the crisis enveloping the sport after Coe’s longtime predecessor as IAAF president, Lamine Diack, and two other people were placed under criminal investigation in France on corruption charges related to Russian doping cases. “I’m just angry, bloody angry,” Coe told the AP in a telephone interview. “I’m angry about the position our sport is in today. I’m shocked, I’m angered and dismayed. These are dark days.” “We shouldn’t kid ourselves,” he added. “It’s going to be a long way back to rebuilding trust.” COMPLETE REVIEW Coe, the British middle-distance great who organised the 2012 London Olympics, was elected in August to succeed Diack, who headed the International Association of Athletics Federations for 16 years. Coe said he had immediately initiated a complete review of the IAAF, which will now deal with the current allegations. “I will have a raft of reforms in place and ready for the approval of the council in two weeks’ time,” he said. “Everything is under review. I’m more determined than ever to create a sport that is accountable, responsible and responsive.” Diack was taken into police custody last Sunday and released two days later after being charged with corruption and money laundering, suspected of taking more than €1 million (US$1.1 million) to cover up positive doping tests. Diack’s legal adviser at the IAAF, Habib Cisse, and Gabriel Dolle, a doctor who managed the IAAF’s anti-doping programme, were also detained and charged with corruption. The IAAF ethics commission also confirmed that Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, Dolle and two Russian officials were facing sanctions in connection with helping a Russian marathon runner avoid a doping ban before the London Games. Coe served for eight years as a vice president under Diack and often praised him, calling him the IAAF’s “spiritual president” before replacing him as leader. He also defended the IAAF’s anti-doping programme, saying that 69 athletes in track and field out of a total of 85 in all sports have been sanctioned since the federation’s biological passport programme was implemented in 2011.
The Fort St. John RCMP are reporting an attempted abduction of a young female in Kin Park as being false.Police were able to locate the male suspect nearby. The young girl was in fact not abducted, nor was an abduction attempt made. The girl made it safely home. Through investigation police learned the incident was a misunderstanding.The male suspect is a student at Northern Lights College and does not have English as his first language. The male had approached the girl only to talk with her and her friends.- Advertisement -His lack of communication skills were a major factor in the incident. The RCMP wish to advise the public there is no safety concern associated to this incident. The young girl was scared, but otherwise unharmed.
Stephen is involved in the IAFF Local 2143 and has held the position of Treasurer for 8 years and counting.Stephen is also actively involved in the Burn Fund Ball as the MC.“Through his ten years of service, Stephen has proven himself to be an active, dedicated hard worker and continues to be an asset to the Fort St John Fire Department.” Stephen Beard was a volunteer with the fire department for one and a half years. He then gained full-time employment on July 11, 2006.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John honoured 2 firefighters for 10 years of service in Fort St. John.Matt Crompton first started with the Fort St John Fire Department on July 10, 2006 as a Full Time Regular Fire Fighter.In May of this year, Matt became a Senior Fire Fighter. Matt is also President of the IAFF Local 2143. He is also working on the 9/11 memorial ceremony.- Advertisement -Most recently, Matt and his wife Edith, welcomed their third child into the family, a baby boy named Jayden.“Matt is hard-working, committed and proud to be a member of the Fort St John Fire Department, just as the Fire Department is proud to call Matt one of their own.” read more
0Shares0000Talanta FC players celebrate one of their three goals against Wazito FC during their National Super League tie at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – A brace from Paul Karuri saw FC Talanta thrash promotion chasing Wazito FC 3-1 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi on Monday evening, slowing down the former Premier League side’s hopes of pushing for promotion.Wazito played the late kick off, just after leaders Ushuru had mirrored Talanta’s result with a thrashing of Kangemi All Stars and pressure was on them to pick maximum points as well to remain tied with the taxmen on points. However, Wazito cracked, allowing Talanta to score two quick second half goals to kill their drive.With the result though, Talanta coached by former Thika United and Chemelil Sugar head coach Juma Abdallah revived their own promotion hopes as they moved to fourth in the standings.The first half was a highly tactical match up between the two sides with chances few and far in between.Wazito had some chances with Kassim Mwinyi’s ferocious freekick from distance palmed away by keeper Vincent Misikhu while Ghanaian Paul Acquah’s thunderous effort on the volley went inches wide off target.Talanta FC forward Rodgers Omondi goes down under a challenge from Wazito’s David Orem during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTalanta were patient in their build and kept to their shape only attacking on impulse when space opened up behind the Wazito defense.They were rewarded for their patience five minutes to the break when Karuri broke the deadlock tapping into an empty net after following up the ball when Misikhu made a save off Chris Owino’s shot from the right.In the second half, Abdallah’s boys kept the pressure and within the opening 10 minutes had put the game to bed.Wazito FC defender Dennis Gicheru clears the ball under a challenge from Talanta’s Anthony Gichu during their National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 4, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSeven minutes into the half, Abdul Wahab tapped into an empty net again after being fed off Owino who had raced to a through pass before tapping the ball away from the keeper into Wahab’s path.Three minutes later, Karuri completed his brace with a nifty header when he raced ahead of the keeper to rise and flick into the net a well weighted cross from left back Sebastian Osodo.Wazito who had been enjoying good form prior to this tie were stunned and began to get anxious, looping the ball upfield to find a way back into the tie.They almost got one back in the 70th minute when skipper Dennis Gicheru’s header off a Washington Munene corner came off the bar.Their push yielded a late one, substitute Kennedy Ayacko scoring one on one with the keeper after being put through by Acquah. However, it was too little too late as Talanta ensured the result remained in their favor.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) read more
1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been banned for eight years from all football activity for abusing their positions as the two most powerful men in the sport.The bans have been imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert for a “disloyal payment” of 2million Swiss francs [£1.3million] to Platini, signed off by Blatter.The disgraced FIFA president and UEFA chief had claimed the payment had been made in 2011 following a verbal agreement between the pair when Platini for Blatter from 1998 to 2002.The explanation was rejected as “not convincing” by the ethics committee, who added that the evidence has not been sufficient to secure charges of corruption.Blatter has also been fined 50,000 Swiss francs [£33,700] and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs [£54,000] after being found guilty of ethics code breaches including conflict of interest.The charges found proven included offering and accepting gifts, conflict of interest, and violating their fiduciary duty to FIFA.A statement from the ethics committee says: “Mr Blatter’s actions did not show commitment to an ethical attitude, failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA’s regulatory framework to the extent applicable to him and demonstrating an abusive execution of his position as president of FIFA, hence violating article 13 of the FCE (general rules of conduct).”It adds: “Mr Platini failed to act with complete credibility and integrity, showing unawareness of the importance of his duties and concomitant obligations and responsibilities.“His actions did not show commitment to an ethical attitude, failing to respect all applicable laws and regulations as well as FIFA’s regulatory framework to the extent applicable to him and demonstrating an abusive execution of his position as vice-president of FIFA and member of the FIFA executive committee.”Blatter is due to appear at a news conference on Monday morning in Zurich at FIFA’s former headquarters. He has already claimed in media interviews that the ethics committee has no power to remove him as president.Both 79-year-old Blatter and 60-year-old Platini are likely to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but their careers in football politics appear over.Platini had aimed to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in February’s election but those hopes have effectively ended. read more
A 24-year-old Lifford man who set up a €10,000 drug-dealing business at his home after losing his job as a plumber has been given community service and a suspended prison sentence for his crimes.Letterkenny District Court heard how Gda Derek Connaughton and his colleagues discovered a huge range of drugs after searching the home of Ben Quinn at Drumleen, Lifford, on Juy 20 last year.The raid took place after Quinn was stopped at Lifford Bridge and found to have drugs in his possession. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that in the follow-up operation cash and drugs were found in the attic of Quinn’s home.This included €2,487 euros worth of cannabis herb as well as £1,610 sterling and 147 tablets.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that the haul between cash and drugs was worth close to €10,000.Quinn’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been working as a builder and apprentice plumber before losing his job.He said the wider Quinn family had been “mortified” by Ben Quinn’s actions.Quinn was now a father of an eight-month-old and had realised “the complete stupidity” of his actions.He had a favourable report from the probation service which included the view that Quinn was at low risk of re-offending.“What he did was idiotic to say the least,” said Mr Nolan.“This was a foolish attempt to earn easy money and as we all know there is no such thing as easy money and Mr Quinn is now paying the consequences of that.“He is trying his best to work again to support his partner and child. He is working two days per week in building work in the North.“He has learned his lesson and has shown remorse realising that he is looking down the barrel of a custodial sentence.”Judge Kelly said the offences were “anything other than a trivial matter.”The judge went on: “These are serious matters – the supply of drugs is one of the greatest scourges to affect this country.”He sentenced Quinn to 200 hours community service in lieu of an eight month prison sentence for supplying drugs and gave him a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on a second charge of supplying drugs.He was also fined €400 for possession of drugs. The cash was forfeited to the State and a destruction order granted for the disposal of the cannabis and pills.SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR ‘IDIOTIC’ DONEGAL PLUMBER WHO SET UP DRUG-DEALING BUSINESS was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ben Quinncourtdonegaldrug dealerdrugsDrumleenletterkennyLifford read more
Tags: abdallah mubiruBen OcenDouglas BamweyanaMaroons FCpolice fcsteven mukwalaUganda Premier League Maroons are now 6th on the standings. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Maroons FC 2-1 Police FCLuzira Prisons Stadium, LuziraSaturday, 02-11-2019LUZIRA – Steven Mukwala scored a late brace as Maroons FC fought back from a goal down to defeat Police FC 2-1 at the Luzira Prisons Grounds on Saturday.The Vipers SC loanee struck twice inside the last 5 minutes to ensure Douglas Bamweyana’s side register a 5th victory of the season.His first came on 86 minutes as he finished off a Ceaser Olega pass.He then struck the winner two minutes later to sink the Cops who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.Earlier, Police FC had taken the lead through Ben Ocen who fed off Tony Kiwalaze’s pass in the 53rd minute.This is Police’s 6th loss of the season after winning just two and drawing as many in their first 10 games.Abdallah Mubiru’s side remains second from bottom with just five points. They were chopped off three points for failing to honour their match-day one fixture away to Onduparaka FC.For Maroons, they climb into 6th on the table with 16 points from 10 games.What nextMaroons’ next fixture will be away to Express FC on Tuesday next week while Police will have a rest after their game at home to URA FC was postponed.How both teams startedMaroons FCHannington Ssebwalubyo (GK), Caesar Olega, Timothy Bamulamzeki, Martin Mpuuga, Sylvester Okello, Felix Okot, Davies Mayanja, Pius Obuya, Solomon Walusimbi, Steven Mukwala, Abraham TusubiraPolice FCDavies Mutebi, Tony Kiwalazi, Arafat Galiwango, Joseph Ssentume, Henry Katongole, Samuel Kayongo, Yusuf Ssozi, Ben Kizito, Hood Kaweesa, Pius Kaggwa, Ben OcenThe other games played on Saturday-Wakiso Giants FC 0-3 Express FC-Busoga United FC 0-1 Vipers SC-Bright Stars FC 1-0 Onduparaka FCSunday’s fixture-Tooro United FC vs Mbarara City FCComments read more
The winner of a bumper €284,964 lotto win at a Co Donegal shop has come forward to claim the prize.The big winner of the day was a lifetime Lotto player from Donegal who claimed the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize in last Saturday’s draw.The winning ticket was purchased at Kernan’s EuroSpar in Newtowncunningham. And the local winner spoke of their shock at seeing their Lotto numbers of 30 years being called out on TV last Saturday night.“We were watching the draw live on Saturday and I almost fell off the chair as I saw my numbers being called out one after another.“We have been playing the same numbers for 30 years so maybe I was due a big win! The money will be evenly shared among the family but not before we indulge in some celebrations this weekend,” they said.Want to share that winning Feeling. Play Lotto. Saturday’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated €6.5 million. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:45pm on Saturday evening tonight for your chance to win.In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €225 million for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.Newtown lotto winner reveals they have played same numbers for 30 years! was last modified: April 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
Three Donegal teams are among those shortlisted for the upcoming Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards 2019.Thirty-one teams of student innovators from all over Ireland have been shortlisted to compete for the title of Young Social Innovators of the Year 2019 at a national finale to be held in Croke Park on Wednesday 15th May.Donegal Finalists 2019: Rosses Community Schoool, Dungloe, Co. Donegal” – “Addicted to SMOG”Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – “Friends of Conall”Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – “Heart 2 Heart”Announcing the shortlist, Rachel Collier, CEO said: “It is wonderful to see such a wide range of issues being tackled by this year’s finalists.“This generation of young people are very aware of the issues affecting young people and local communities and they are demonstrating a real commitment to being part of the solution; this year alone, 157,000 hours in volunteering was carried out by teenagers engaged in our programmes.Young Social Innovators gives young people an opportunity to use their insights, passion and creativity to tackle the issues they feel are important and to help contribute towards creating a better future for all of us .”21.03.19. Sligo. Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019. Photo by Aileen O’Hagan.The high impact innovations, developed by young people to address an identified social need, were shortlisted from over 370 initial entries. Youth mental health, climate change, plastic pollution, sexual consent, dementia awareness, community regeneration, loneliness and isolation, and technology addiction are just some of the issues that have been tackled by this year’s finalists.At the Young Social Innovators Awards, shortlisted teams will present their projects to judging panels and compete for awards in a number of categories as well as the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze national titles.Concerned about the overuse of technology and its link to anxiety among young people, the ‘Addicted to SMOG team from Rosses Community School embarked on an innovative initiative to educate children and parents.21.03.19. Sligo. Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019. Photo by Aileen O’Hagan.A children’s storybook for primary school students was just one of the creative responses by this shortlisted team.Students from Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny have two teams shortlisted for the Awards. These focussed on promoting heart health in the community as well as campaigning for the educational rights of a small child named Conall who has complex medical needs. The team are campaigning to secure a qualified nursing position in the primary school that Conall soon hopes to attend.Over 6,000 teenagers from all over Ireland took part in Young Social Innovators this year creating and implementing innovative solutions to social issues facing communities and wider society.Donegal Teens Shortlisted for Young Social Innovators of the Year Awards was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more